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Manifested in His Word

Manifested in His Word

by Josh Caudill

I ran a marathon last year, and I enjoyed it. I decided, after running the marathon, that I wanted this to be a part of my life in the future.

And yet here I am, almost one year later, and I've not entered a single competitive race since. In fact, I didn't even get the "26.2" sticker for my car, which is the very first step in joining the community of runners (or, in my case, pretending to). In any case, I clearly expressed my desire to identify in this community of marathon runners to those around me, but there is no fruit to demonstrate my actual commitment.

Paul's words in Titus 1:2-3 call us to make the hope of God--the hope of eternal life--manifest our lives. This requires a true commitment to the lifestyle of the Christ-follower. It requires much more than words expressing a commitment to be a part of the community; there must be fruit.

Paul's letter to Titus is a part of this fruit. He even describes his Apostleship in terms of those whom he had been sent to serve: "an apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth" (Titus 1:1).

How is your faith made manifest this week? When light is shone on it, what is reflected? A commitment to live in hope and a longing for godliness? Or lethargy and despair at the brokenness of the world?

For whose sake are you serving in the name of Christ?

Begin every day this week by praying that God's hope would be manifest in your life and that you would see the fruit of it in your relationships with your neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill